A day earlier than expected, Apple on Monday issued a fifth developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to registered developer accounts. At present, there is no further public beta release apart from the second tester release, issued last Wednesday. The new beta 5 has the same focus areas as the previous beta.
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9 hours ago | Posted in: software
Users of Windows 10 on OS X may be able to use Microsoft's digital assistant, if they are using Parallels' Desktop for Mac. A leaked product page for version 11 of the virtualization software allegedly suggests that Cortana's voice commands will continue to be usable by Mac users running the Microsoft operating system on their desktop, even if Windows 10 is not the foremost application at that time.
In only its first month, some 10 million people have signed on to give the subscription-based Apple Music a try during its three-month free trial period, according to music industry sources that allegedly reflect a figure given to them by Apple itself. While the number doesn't mean much during the free trial period, if one assumed that the number of users trying it out will grow over the summer, established rivals may have reason to worry.
10 hours ago | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design
Google is making more changes to the way its services work with its social network, by starting to separate Google Accounts from Google+. In yet another move that suggests Google+ is slowly losing prominence, the search company is starting to decouple its services from the site, with YouTube comments soon to be disassociated with Google+ possibly being the biggest news from the company for today.
On Monday, Apple was announced to be part of 13 companies joining a White House initiative headed by Secretary of State John Kerry, taking a new pledge called the American Business Act on Climate Change plege. Apple, which has already invested extensively in renewable energy resources and other environmental initiatives, joins tech companies Google and Microsoft in the project, which aims to reduce carbon pollution by six billion tons by 2030.
As part of an expanded push in one of its fastest-growing markets that recently saw the company advertising for a senior government manager, the iPhone maker is now in the final stages of executing a plan to increase its available resellers to around 500 outlets. There are currently around 100 resellers already on board, and the company plans to double iPhone sales in each of the next three years.
14 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, audio
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The old deals from last week have been removed, because it is the start of a new week, with the new deals including a 500GB Crucial SSD for $150, a dashcam for $120, and a Harman Kardon home theater system for $300.
15 hours ago | Posted in: education, gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
There's something to be said for apps that cater to the preschool and elementary crowd. Years go, most developers avoided creating apps for younger kids, because most mainstream consoles and computers had far too many buttons for little fingers. Thanks to touchscreen devices, more developers are making the leap to engage a younger audience. We checked out Busy Shapes, a cute puzzler for the under-10 set.
16 hours ago | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we look at revisions to Deliver, uBar, Drobo Dashboard, MacFamilyTree, DetectX, and Cookie Stumbler.
Another interesting week at MacNN brings us plenty to talk about on Episode 25 of The MacNN Podcast, ranging from the FCC approval of the AT&T/DirecTV deal for no clear reason (but with a bunch of conditions), to our new column "My Stupid Fault." We also include a full report on Apple's fiscal Q3 and the uncalled-for drop in the stock, the results of our testing of Apple's new third-party SSD Trim support, and more.
16 hours ago | Posted in: industry
Intel's upcoming 14nm Skylake line of processors will be a considerable improvement compared to current-generation Broadwell chips, according to allegedly leaked internal slides. The performance improvements between Broadwell and Skylake will see improvements in many areas, including a 30 percent longer battery life, up to 50-percent better 3D performance, and improved processor performance at lower power, making it especially ideal for notebook-based systems.
Yeah, its a day late because of some improvements on the site, but its now time for the weekly MacNN Week That Was column! Rolling into our second month, this is our weekly column on the stories that entertained us, informed us, or amused us in our patrols around the Internet during the week. We're not just highlighting our own writing -- anything that we've discussed behind the scenes here at MacNN is fair game. Read on for thoughts on the events of the week in the tech world!
18 hours ago | Posted in: computers
An international team of researchers has demonstrated for the first time that a single molecule can operate as a field-effect transistor when surrounded by charged atoms that operate as the gate. The technology is in its infancy, but points to a future of even smaller transistors than possible now, with computers operating on a near-quantum level.
19 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are highlighting some of the discounted items available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's three items are all USB hubs, with two designed to help you charge your devices more efficiently and quickly, and one to give you increased control over which USB devices can be connected and usable.
Acting on a tip from US law enforcement, Beijing police raided a factory producing fake iPhones and accessories. Nine suspects have been arrested in the scheme, which produced 41,000 fake phones and could have been worth up to $19 million in counterfeit electronics sales.
19 hours ago | Posted in: computers, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Streaming music purveyor Pandora today announced that its latest engagement-based advertising product, Sponsored Listening, is now available to all advertisers. The product gives Pandora users an hour of uninterrupted listening following engagement with a brand's full video, which can be up to four minutes long, at the beginning of a listening session. This launch follows a beta period initiated in September 2014 during which Sponsored Listening received feedback from Pandora's listeners and produced a measurable return on investment for advertisers.
20 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
So you may have noticed this by now, but we've got some serious love for the match-three genre. We especially like games that combine match-three elements with other genres of gaming. You also may have noticed that we're pretty big fans of Adventure Time, too. Well, thanks to Cartoon Network and D3PA, both of our loves are combined in Adventure Time Puzzle Quest, a match-three roleplaying game (RPG) that takes you into the Land of Ooo.
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Say you write thirty invoices in Word every week. The amounts and the people you're writing to will change, plus over time you may get less and less polite. Word can't help you with people you have to send reminders to (sometimes, we'd like to see the "It looks like you're writing a threatening letter" feature) but it can speed up a lot of the repetitive work. Type a couple of characters and you can have Word write out entire letters with gaps for names and figures wherever you want.
20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, networking
Comcast is planning to beat its major competition in the broadband speed arms race, by testing a technology that could offer 10Gbps connections later this year. Faster than the gigabit speeds of Google Fiber and even its own 2Gbps Gigabit Pro service in some areas, Comcast CEO Neil Smit advised that the cable company is going to be performing a market trial in the fourth quarter for DOCSIS 3.1 running at far higher speeds.
20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, iPhone apps, Apple
Apple and Nike have come to an agreement, potentially ending the class action suit against the pair about the Nike FuelBand. Suit BC509363 in the Superior Court of California alleged Apple and Nike of misleading customers on the tracking capability and monitoring accuracy of the Nike FuelBand in marketing materials.
21 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
When we first got our hands on Fallout Shelter last month, we were immediately addicted. This spunky little base builder was a well-designed way to pass the time as we wait for Fallout 4 to release. Originally, we'd touted the game as a perfect portable base-builder with adequate challenges and plenty to do, but as time went on, we've noticed that our opinion has changed a bit.
The Apple Watch is going to be easier to acquire in the United States, with major electronics chain Best Buy set to sell the smartwatches to customers from next month. An announcement from the retailer advises that it will be the first national retailer where the Apple Watch can be acquired, aside from Apple's own store network, with the first locations to put the wearable device on sale doing so from August 7.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's later-than-scheduled edition, China lifts its console sales ban, Nintendo prepares to remove TVii from the Wii U in the United States, and Steam suffers a rare security lapse via its own support system.
Sat July 25, 2015 | Posted in: troubleshooting, developer, audio, Apple
We reported last week on fellow Mac journalist Jim Dalrymple's particularly bad issues with iTunes 12.2 and later on the Mac, centered around the arrival of Apple Music and Apple's attempts to blend the paid service's ability to store songs for later streaming or offline use with some customers' existing or previous iTunes Match libraries, which appears to cause much confusion, ranging from mislabelled entries in the iTunes library to missing songs in some cases.
Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro continues to be a popular notebook with professional users and prosumers looking for the ultimate mix of performance and portability. The latest version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with some welcome upgrades, including Apple's new Force Touch trackpad, and one of AMD's latest mobile GPUs. Unusually, perhaps, there is no CPU bump on the new model, although that is the result of production delays faced by Intel in bringing its quad-core "Broadwell" processors to market. Nonetheless, the new 15-inch MacBook remains a strong performer, and is worth another look. We take a deeper dive into it in our full review of the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Fri July 24, 2015 | Posted in: software
Today's Pointers comes with a warning: don't move any applications out of the Applications folder. Don't do it. There will be no immediate fire and brimstone raining down on you, but it will cause problems down the line if you do. We know of some people who have moved applications out onto the desktop, and they paid a pretty dear price for that mistake. So don't. You've been warned. Right, now here's how to mess around with your Applications folder.
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